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The Ancient Shepherds

$$ - $$$, British,
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
+44 1223 293280
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a table for 5 of us, we phoned and changed it to 7 and then 9 even after that we had an extra turn up - all very well coped with - thank you. The atmosphere is lovely and welcoming. We had a...More

Thank Mel M
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Mel, Many thanks for your kind comments. I must apologize for my grumpy behavior when delivering the meals to the table. I was drafted into the kitchen to help out as we were short staffed, guilty of being a little abrupt and , indeed,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful family meal at the Ancient Shepherds the Saturday just before Xmas. We were made to feel very welcome and the food was delicious (I can recommend the Shepherd’s pie in particular). Great kids menu and it looked like it had a...More

Thank EllieTea
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Many thanks for the great feedback. I will make the team aware of your comments. Watch this space for when we add the letting accommodation next year..... Best Wishes for the New Year, Ronan

Reviewed 11 December 2017

on arriving we had the wait for the menu as not typed up not a happy beginning.. we ordered out lunch 3 roasts I child roast, after waiting an hour in a empty dinning room the food did get to us. veg where not cooked...More

Thank Sallyfoodsnob
Ronan M, Public Relations Manager at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I can only apologise for the wait at the beginning and what you felt was a poor quality meal. We were, indeed, late with everything due the weather causing all the staff to be late. Clearly NOT your fault . We'd have since replaced the...More

Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

The last time I visited the Ancient Shepherds was around 4 years ago. Back then I really enjoyed this village pub so I was anxious when I heard it was in new hands. No need to be as this pub is as good as ever....More

Thank wpage68
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Sorry for tardy response. Many thanks for the great review and we are glad you enjoyed the new look Ancient Shepherds. Look forward to seeing you again soon in 2018, BW Ronan

Reviewed 23 November 2017

So pleased to see this pub being well run. We visited for a mid week meal and the pub had a good number of people in there for a Wednesday night and a variety too- workers for an after work drink and couples for meals....More

Thank Beachymel
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Dear Beachymel, So glad you enjoyed the new-look Ancient Shepherds. Always great to hear good feedback which confirms the staffs great efforts which incentivises and helps them improve even further. Best Wishes Ronan

Reviewed 19 November 2017

Seriously impressed l andlord friendly and Irish is on top of everything - service is first rate. We had whitebait and Chicken Peri Peri Burger, both good. Not claiming it's got all the answers but we didn't book on Sunday lunch and left feeling good,...More

Thank Henry T
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Hi, Many thanks for the kind words. I remember you and you son. Glad to be of service, Best Wishes Ronan

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Popped in to the shepherds for a quick meal for 2 , having not fancied cooking before going on holiday the next morning . Great atmosphere from an attentive staff and management . Food is fabulous, my wife is gluten intolerant and had the GF...More

Thank Ian M
Ronan M, Public Relations Manager at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Dearest Ian, Many thanks for your kind comments and continued support. Nice to know we are improving. Hopefully see you again soon..... Best Wishes, Ronan

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Our second visit to this gastro pub. We were drawn by the street food vans that are making an appearance during October. Our friends got food from the van whilst we opted for food from the pub. Food was a little out of sink but...More

1  Thank Dee B
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Many thanks Dee, for those encouraging comments. I'll be sure to let the team know. We are evolving week by week and with the help of FoodPark we hope new customers are attracted by these events, Regards, Ronan

Reviewed 8 October 2017

A very nice place great food attentive staff good atmosphere. We will return, the menu was small ( which I like) the food was fresh and well presented.

Thank suebew
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Sunday lunch is now our busiest session of the week and is building all the time with the help of positive reviews like yours, Many thanks, Ronan

Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We ended up in the Ancient Shepherds after being turned away from the Plough just down the road despite having booked a table 3 days prior for my mum's birthday. They were too busy due too good weather apparently and waiting time would be 1.5...More

1  Thank jj00087
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Sunday lunch is now our busiest session of the week and is building all the time with the help of positive reviews like yours, Many thanks, Ronan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$23
Cuisine
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 293280
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Description
The Ancient Shepherds is a Free Hold, Free House in Fen Ditton, a beautiful traditional pub just a short walk from the river Cam. We reopened on June 1st 2017 after an extensive makeover. We pride ourselves on fresh food, good wine, great beer and an eclectic gin selection. We have six taps offering a variety of craft beers and lagers. We have three hand pumps serving Woodfordes, Adnams and Nene Valley Brewery (GF) We have a wonderfully rejuvenated beer garden where you an relax in the shade or sun. We take bookings by phone or email.
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